BC Transit

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This article is about BC Transit. For B.C. Transit in Broome County, New York, see Broome County Transit.
BC Transit
BC Transit newlogo.png
Headquarters 520 Gorge Road East, Victoria
Locale British Columbia
Service type bus service, paratransit, transportation planning
Website www.bctransit.com
The old logo—used from 1978 to 2009—is still seen on many buses that were delivered in the red, blue and white paint scheme.

BC Transit is a provincial crown agency responsible for coordinating the delivery of public transportation within British Columbia, Canada, outside of Greater Vancouver. BC Transit is headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia.

Originally known as the British Columbia Electric Railway which started in 1987, a division of BC Hydro after 1961, BC Transit was created in 1972 as the provincial government nationalized the BC Hydro systems.[1] In 1979, the province separated the transit authority into a separate agency called the Urban Transit Authority which was later renamed as BC Transit.[2]

BC Transit carries out overall planning and delivery for all of the different municipal transit systems in British Columbia. In 1999, responsibility for the management of transportation in Greater Vancouver, including public transit, was taken over by TransLink. In the future, TransLink's jurisdiction is planned to expand into adjacent regions east and north of Greater Vancouver.[2]

For more details on the TransLink expansion, see TransLink 2007 reorganization.

Transit systems[edit]

The Victoria Regional Transit System, in the provincial capital of Victoria, is the only system operated by BC Transit itself. In four locations (Nanaimo, Nelson, Powell River, and the Sunshine Coast) the municipality operates the service, while private operators are contracted to deliver the transit services elsewhere. Beyond Victoria, there are three levels of regular transit systems.[3]

Tier 1[edit]

Tier 2[edit]

Tier 3[edit]

  • Cranbrook
  • Dawson Creek
  • Fort St. John
  • Kitimat
  • Kootenay Boundary
  • Nelson
  • Port Alberni
  • Powell River
  • Prince Rupert
  • Squamish
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Terrace Regional


There are 14 Custom Transit (handyDART) Systems.[3]

  • Alberni-Clayoquot
  • Campbell River
  • Central Fraser Valley
  • Chilliwack
  • Cranbrook
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna Regional
  • Kitimat
  • Kootenay Boundary
  • Nanaimo Regional
  • Penticton
  • Prince George
  • Prince Rupert
  • Vernon Regional


  1. ^ "British Columbia Electric Railway Company". Archives. City of Vancouver. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "BC Transit Background". BC Transit. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b BC Transit Service Plan 2005-2008

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